A total of seven plants from three members made up the show.
Bryan Adams sent in plants A, C, E and J
A. Dendrobium nobile A vigorous species from northern India, southern China and Indo-China, D. nobile is possibly the best known of all the dendrobiums. The flowers are long-lasting and white with a mauve blush and a deep purple patch on the lower half of the lip. It is commonly recommended that plants be kept cooland dry during the winter but, in my experience, they grow and flower better if kept a little warmer and given at least some water at this time.
C. Cattleya coccinea formerly Sophronitis coccinea, this small species from SE Brazil is now included inthe genus Cattleya following the recent name changes in this group. My plant had three almost entirelyscarlet-red flowers, with only the lip bases being yellowish with deep red veins. Given intermediate conditions and being kept moist at all times, it has grown well in Ray Creek's coconut husk compost or amixture of this and perlite.
E. Cymbidium Valley Vampire 'Blood' A division of a plant that came from Ivens Orchids in 2009, the single spike had ten large flowers, each with cherry-red sepals and petals and a lip which was white with red spots in the lower part, becoming entirely deep red in the upper third. Valley Vampire is a standard (i.e. large) cymbidium and one of a series of Valley hybrids produced by Valley Orchids of South Australia.
J. Dendrobium thyrsiflorum The pendulous inflorescence on this plant consisted of about 35 flowers, each white with an orange lip. In nature the distribution of this species is similar to that of D. nobile. Originally from Ooi Leng Sun Orchids, my plant has not grown quickly but has seemed content under intermediate conditions and flowers annually.
Min Kennison brought in plants L and T
L. Potinara Yung Ming Gold Boy 'Golden Ruy' Purchased from Chantelle Orchids three years ago, thisplant's crowning glory was a spike of three vivid red-orange flowers. It evidently enjoys life in Min'sintermediate to warm conservatory. The name it came with does not seem to be registered with the RHS but I have seen it listed on a Japanese website. Whatever its status, the transfer of Sophronitis to Cattleya means there is no longer a hybrid genus potinara so, not knowing its parentage, I can't even give the correct
generic name. Sorry!
T. Pleione formosana A bowl with 11 buds/flowers which Min has grown in an unheated greenhouse from two plants purchased in 2012. Each flower was mauve with pale reddish-brown spots inside the fringed lip. A particularly hardy and easily-grown species native to Taiwan and SE China.
Richard Spalding brought in plant O
O. Dendrobium euryalus An old Veitch hybrid, dating from 1893, quite similar to D. nobile, one of its parents, and almost certainly needing similar culture. One of Richard's 'combination plants' growing on a wire netting tube filled with bark and moss and with the orchid battling it out with a large bromeliad.
The results of the voting were: C1, E2, J2, L5 and T2, making Min's 'potinara' the clear winner. Well done Min!